Happy New Year! This month I’m going to help you get ready for the major late-winter pruning that garderners should do in mid- to late-February. I’ll provide details on pruning in my February column. Gardeners are welcome to join me for an in-person rose care workshop at Rose Haven Heritage Garden, 30592 Jedediah Smith Road, in Temecula, Saturday, Jan. 25, from 10 a.m. to noon. Bring your questions.
In this area – the corridor from Riverside to San Diego – this major annual pruning should be done around mid-February. It resets the plants’ biological clock, acting as a wake-up call to begin a new life cycle. Gardeners can expect the first flush of blooms about 10 weeks after pruning.
As much as they’d like to have blooms as soon as possible, gardeners must not jump the gun